The Gavin Foundation operates two youth recovery homes for teens coping with addiction: one for males and one for females. The residential component consists of three phases and is a six month program with sixteen young men and fourteen young women between the ages of 16 and 20. Each year, Cushing House serves close to 100 youth and their families.
The Cushing House programs promote healing in family relationships by providing groups for parents and opportunities for families to socialize with each other, and other families in the program. Most residents are diagnosed with moderate to severe substance use disorders, and have difficulty in school and at home. Some are involved with the criminal justice system.
Cushing House promotes self-care, self-reliance and community responsibility through structured activities and the experience of living in a residential setting. Although both use a similar structure, gender specific groups and activities are included in the programs. Psycho-educational and recovery support groups are primary tools, teaching about the nature of addiction, and the practice and principles of recovery. Residents of our youth recovery homes are expected to participate in life skills training including cooking, cleaning and other chores.
Unique to the Cushing House treatment program is animal-assisted therapy. Rowan the therapy dog helps residents deal non-verbally with anxiety and emotions. Cushing House aims to help youth affirm positive values and establish a web of services to support sobriety and addiction recovery.
Cushing House Brochure
Program Director Boys
617-269-2933 ext. 12
Intake Coordinator Boys
617-269-2933 ext. 5
Program Director Girls
617-269-2933 ext. 21
Intake Coordinator Girls
617-269-2933 ext. 6
Clinical Director Boys and Girls programs
617-269-2933 ext. 6
Both Cushing House programs are licensed as residential rehabilitation programs for adolescents by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Department of Public Health. View the Massachusetts Youth and Young Adult Substance Abuse Services website to learn more about resources for youth in recovery.